Shimano RC5 cycling shoes review

Is the RC5 Shimano's ultimate 'gateway' shoe?

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Cycling Weekly Verdict

A great looking shoe with all the tech features and hallmarks of a far more expensive model, with almost as good performance. The slightly fiddly tongue is the only real fault.

Reasons to buy
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    Adequate stiffness for multi-hour rides

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    Simple, single BOA retention

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    Size range

Reasons to avoid
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    Fiddly to get the tongue sitting comfortably

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    All white finish difficult to keep clean

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If ever there was a shoe that embodied the 'trickle down' effect, it's the Shimano RC5. The RC5 straddles the boundary between a high performance race ready cycling shoe and a comfortable leisure oriented version, with some standout features.

One look at the RC5 and it's easy to see it belongs to the same family as Shimano's top level S-Phyre shoe - it looks (in my opinion) totally killer and makes you question the need to climb any higher in the range if you're just a 'normal' rider.

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